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Raphinha set for Barça medical after £55M agreement

Leeds winger Raphinha is closing in on a deal worth £55m to join Barcelona after agreement was reached between the two clubs.

Raphinha did not travel with the rest of the leeds squad for the preseason tour. Chelsea were previously believed to be the front-runners for the Brazilian international, but Barcelona appear to have moved ahead of them with an 11th-hour bid.

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The initial fee is €58m (£49m), but could rise to more than 65 (£55m) with add-ons.

Raphinha is expected to undergo his medical and sign his Barcelona contract, which will run through 2027, on Wednesday as he prepares to seal his move to La Liga.

The negotiations to bring Raphinha to Barcelona had been underway since Sunday, with the winger having his heart set on Barcelona despite prior links to Chelsea.

The Blues had made an identical proposal to Barcelona’s, leaving the Brazilian with a choice of his next club.

In the end, he chose Barca with agent and former member of both clubs Deco taking charge of the deal. Raphinha will now earn double what he made in salary during his time with Leeds.

It would represent good business for Leeds following his 17 goals in the Premier League over two seasons.

The winger originally joined Leeds in 2020 after breaking out with French side Rennes in 2019-20.

He made a total of 67 appearances for the club, scoring 17 goals during his time in England.

So far this summer Leeds have signed Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, Darko Gyabi, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca and Luis Sinisterra from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

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